Humble helper: Carl Muller was recognised for caring for his wife. “It’s been very satisfying that I’ve been able to look after her and take her places and I will continue to do this as long as my health lets me.” Picture: Natalie RobertsCARL Muller is one of 15,373 unsung heroes in The Hills who provide unpaid care for those with a disability, chronic illness or old age.
Not that he’d ever dream of doing otherwise.
“We’ve been married more than 50 years,” Mr Muller said of his wife “life-adventure partner” Helen who he met on a blind date.
“It think it was pretty much instant attraction; that’s why I’m looking after her.”
Mr Muller of Baulkham Hills had just retired when his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and shortly after had a severe stroke that left her immobile and unable to communicate.
“I put her in a nursing home for a month or two but just couldn’t stand seeing her so uninspired, so I decided she was coming home,” he said.
Mr Muller cares for his wife around-the-clock, even on the road in their trusty caravan.
“We’ve only been back a few weeks after seven weeks in Western Australia.
“When she had the stroke she had the wish we’d go there one day.”
On Friday he was presented the NSW Carers Award by Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott during a morning tea ceremony, along with Aldo Rocchi who moved into the Castle Pines Resort in Castle Hill to be with his partner after he was hospitalised for an amputation.
Mr Rocchi’s partner has dementia.
“Carl is a wonderful example of the sacrifice so many Australians are prepared to make for their family,” Mr Elliott said.
Mr Muller was nominated for the NSW Carers Award by his daughter Catherine Muller.
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